Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and 2020 education politics | IN 60 SECONDS

Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and 2020 education politics | IN 60 SECONDS

The 2020 election has shown just how
profoundly education politics have shifted. For decades, Republicans used
education to demonstrate compassion and signal the sincerity of their commitment
to equal opportunity. Democrats used education to show that they were more
interested in offering a hand up than in handouts. Today, neither side is all that
concerned about assuaging the middle or signaling pragmatism. Education is now
playing an amped-up role in primary campaigns. In 2016, Donald Trump hammered
Jeb Bush with the Common Core. In 2020, Trump has energetically embraced school
vouchers and used them to draw a sharp contrast with Democrats. In the
Democratic primary, candidates have raced to one-up each other on free college,
loan forgiveness, and teacher pay. Whether Trump or a Democrat claims the White
House in 2020, it’s clear that the winner will be less inclined to compromise and
more likely to stick with the more partisan playbook. Welcome to education’s new normal. Do you think education will be a big issue in the 2020 election?
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  • Part of my take on the Corona virus…. the forward to it.

    ***Foreword – Or "A new bit".

    I was thinking as I do… and I nutted out WHY the global clamp down, to slow down the spread of the Corona Virus…

    Like So.

    I will just pull these numbers out of my arse as I do, to illustrate the point.

    OK the Triage System. The fast categorisation of injuries / illness's.

    1. People who will be OK without prompt medical attention.

    2. People who will only survive with prompt medical attention.

    3. People who will, no matter what, die anyway.

    With the Corona Novel Virus… I am going to make up the numbers in a kind of accurate way – for speeds sake, to illustrate the point, rather than absolute accuracy.

    OK lets assume that for every 100 people that catch CV-19, 85% will be fine to kind of sick. 10% will be OK if they get medical treatment. 5% are going to die anyway.

    (I am just making the numbers up – to generalise things and for a speed of calculation)

    What I figured out in my own unique way was that IF no measures to really slow down the spread of the virus, that say in any place, anywhere – as all locations are different….

    So assuming that in a city of a million people, there were X hopsitals and X hospital beds and X breathing machines / ventilators / oxygen supplies etc.

    OK say the wave of infections, takes 1 month or 30 days, to go through the population…..with 100 people, there will at say day 15 – day 30, there will be 15 hospital admissions and with medical treatment 10 people will get well and 5 will die.

    BUT when the numbers are proportioned for the one million people, that means there from day 15 to day 30, if 10% of the population will survive with medial treatment, and 5% are going to die anyway, then there will be something like 100,000 people turning up for medical help, and 50,000 dead people.

    Now if there is only the facilities to treat say 20,000 people in the hospitals, then the other 80,000 people are probably going to die.

    This means that out of one million people, around 130,000 of them are going to die.

    This means bulldozers and mass graves.

    So the issue of SLOWING down the spread of the contagion, is a good and necessary thing.

    So if we can drag the infections out from ONE month, to say SIX or more months, then the additional 80,000 people, don't have to die.

  • If only any of the candidates was concerned with what really matters – quality of education. Instead of trying to oneup each other. Then perhaps US would not have completely absurd issues of many college graduates having trouble with basic things like reading.